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Excel-Jet seeks justiceExcel-Jet seeks justice

Excel-Jet seeks justice

By AOPA ePublishing

Excel-Jet has filed a lawsuit against the FAA in an effort to clear its prototype airplane as well as its test pilots of any fault regarding a 2006 crash.

The NTSB determined that the Sport-Jet rolled violently right after takeoff and crashed for an "undetermined reason" in Colorado Springs, Colo. Both pilots walked away. While a good portion of the jet was substantially damaged, company officials said the roll-cage-style fuselage protected the crew.

The NTSB looked into wake turbulence but ruled it out. Excel-Jet is claiming that air traffic control violated separation rules when it cleared the jet for takeoff behind a de Havilland Dash 8. Excel-Jet has had experts conduct analysis and still suspects wake turbulence.

October 18, 2007

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